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Tick Tock Timer Inspiration

Share with everyone what you’ve accomplished. You might also share how much time you invested in the project, too.

Don’t be shy. We’re all busting a move, here.

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Bamboo Forest December 19, 2013 at 7:00 am

Hey Guys


Jamie November 2, 2012 at 1:04 am

Lovely timer. I love it!

Please create an option to allow the timer to make the sound “Tick-tock!” During longer projects, I have difficulty keeping focus, and having a metronome in the background always helps remind me that the clock is ticking. However, it is obnoxious to always open two pages—one for a timer, and one for a metronome!

Tick-Tock Timer…so, where’s my tick-tock? 🙂


Sarah April 11, 2012 at 10:48 pm

‘Just took a quick 19 minute nap and am ready to make dinner. Without tt timer, dinner mighta been much later.


Lindy March 6, 2012 at 5:59 am

Whenever I have ten thousand online projects to do, I set the timer to break up each task into 30 minute bites.

I’ve been using your timer for about six months. The gong scares the sh*t out of me every single time.


Lily February 28, 2012 at 11:34 pm

I use the timer to time how long i read my book because ever day i have to read 20 minutes for reading class. 🙂


Teresa February 5, 2012 at 1:18 am

I plan to try this to time myself while studying – it’ll remind me to take a break, and help me to focus for blocks of time.
Other uses I want to try it for:
timing prayer/meditation: I’d like to pray/meditate for at least 20 minutes at a go, but I can’t really relax into it when I have to keep checking the time. When I have a gong to pull me out of it, I’ll be more likely to start. (Will have to figure out how to have my computer not turn off in 20 minutes though).

creative writing – I need to do some serious AIC (ass in chair) work! But focussing is hard…the timer will keep me on track.


eMercenary November 27, 2011 at 2:17 pm

I use this timer not to be too slow when I do my copywriting or translation. Helps a lot, God bless you dude :3


Brenda October 20, 2011 at 6:29 pm

I used the timer to work on some articles that I have been procrastinating about…

I love the idea of using this to time a speech…


rakat October 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

using as a timer for charging my battery 😀


karli October 9, 2011 at 12:26 am

i used it to count down to where i was gonna stop in my speech


Jeannie August 28, 2011 at 1:35 pm

I just used this site to teach my son how to use the oven. 😉 I hurt my foot, so he is taking responsibility. Thank you for an easy site. 😉


Greg August 18, 2011 at 4:08 pm

Time blocked 45 minutes and made 10 targeted calls.


adam July 25, 2011 at 2:21 am

I used it to make the perfect singapore-style half boiled egg.

Put 3 eggs in a pot, pour boiling water over it jus enough to cover the eggs, and cover. let it stand for 5 minutes and after, rinse the eggs quickly in tap water to prevent residual cooking.

crack them into a bowl. the egg whites should be runny and likewise for the yolk. stir it up and add a tea spoon of light soy sauce and white pepper powder to taste.

there you go!


cheri June 28, 2011 at 5:52 pm

Hi: I just made two important phone calls related to my business. I just wanted someone to “celebrate” with me!


SARAH June 9, 2011 at 2:01 am

I used this to help me time my Monologue for drama. Its supposed to be from a movie or a play. i used BeetleJuice.. i just got found it yesterday and have to preform it tomorrow!
well.. back to practicing!


Geron June 6, 2011 at 8:09 am

An effective timer to use when playing Charades at the office. 🙂


Laura March 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Used this timer and set for five minutes at a time, picked up bedroom floor, and mopped kitchen and bath!


Alf February 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm

wow this is so amazingly fun. i used countdown timer application in my cellphone to write one single spontaneous paragraph about anything to post on my blog in 5 mins. and guess what, i came up with two nice opening paragraphs! gee my head’s still a lil bit thudding right now. LOL i never thought that this could really work. i guess i can fill up my blog faster from now. it’s a good start. thnx bamboo forest.


Jenna February 15, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Hello …

I am very pleased with this timer.
I use it for reports to typles.
I thank the people who made this site.

Regards Jenna


Kane February 10, 2011 at 9:19 pm

Awesome tool! 1:23:45 seems to work well for me..


Flying LlamaFish February 4, 2011 at 12:49 am

Using TTT, I’ve taken steps to set the groundwork for future Benjamins.


James Hayton January 27, 2011 at 4:41 pm

Hi, as a fan of the pomodoro technique, I’ve set tick-tock timer as my homepage. One problem… the 3 gongs aren’t enough to stop me working. When I used a physical timer, I had to get up to turn it off. If the gongs continued indefinitely until I stopped them, I’d have to stop what I was doing.

If using the timer to know when to take breaks from typing this option would be a huge help!



Dan January 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Love this thing. Set the timer ,away I go. 30 minutes later I have managed to tick tock my article into submission. Job done.


Andree December 16, 2010 at 2:20 pm

Cleaned the house! I think I’ll try writing with it next. Love it!


Ben @ Dried Herbs November 30, 2010 at 11:49 pm

I’ve followed here from Glen’s site ViperChill.
You asked about what you could do with TickTockTimer and things. A great idea would be to turn this into an iPhone app (or get somebody else to do it for you), and then release it in the AppStore. You already have a following here, and I presume you’ve got an email list set up. So you could leverage that to make initial sales and regain (many times over) the cost of the outsourcing to make the app..

Just a thought 😉

Ben @ the Dried Herb Co.


Joan A Hamilton October 20, 2010 at 1:23 pm

This is great! I’ve been using a timer to help me focus on unpleasant tasks (like housework) all my life!
I’ve been wishing I had an online one for awhile. (It’s a pain to have to go and use the one on the microwave!) I never hear the microwave timer go off when I’m having a short powernap! I think I’ll hear this one!
Oops … gotta go my blog surfing time is up! lol!
Thanks for this!!


cory September 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

organized my paper tasks for today….I am overwhelmed by how much there is, BUT I have some idea where to start


Melanie Kissell September 15, 2010 at 5:42 pm

If Joshua Black finds value in this timer, then …

By golly, that’s good enough for me! 🙂


Michelle July 27, 2010 at 8:39 pm

I want to write. I love to write, but when I start, I block. I got better things to do, household stuff, more important things than some meaningless writing.
So before I start, I put the timer on 10 minutes. Just 10 minutes. My moment has started. No other distractions. Just write. Those 10 minutes are gone in no time. Then I put another 10 minutes, and sometimes again another. Before I know it, an half hour of full hour have passed. It was the timer. It kept me writing, big time.


angela July 16, 2010 at 2:35 pm

I love this timer and I have used it.
Some times I need to be timed, so I can tell my employer how many hours I’v done. Could you put a stop watch in the device.

Thank you for the Tick Tock


Jack Goldenberg July 12, 2010 at 11:59 am

It works! I used the Tick Tock Timer with my blog 10 Minutes of Brilliance. It took me exactly 10 minutes to read my blog. Perfect!


cory July 12, 2010 at 5:55 am

I “didn’t” spend an hour playing computer cards. I set the timer for 10 min , did that and am going to bed now


peat June 14, 2010 at 3:24 am

I am using it to time myself writing answers to previous years exams so I get to know how much I can write in the alloted period of time.
And becoz I nearly screwed up my last exam taking too long over one question


Jeannie June 4, 2010 at 6:31 pm

I love using this timer to keep my focus. Without having to divide my attention to stay aware of the time, it allows me to really focus on a task until it’s time to move on to the next one. It also keeps me more aware of how long I’ve spent working which reminds me to take breaks.

It’s quick and easy, and I love the ‘gong’ sound!

I do wish it weren’t quite so startling, though. Might it be possible to incorporate a volume control so it doesn’t send us into cardiac arrest? 😉


Lily June 2, 2010 at 2:32 am

I finally started reading my bible for 20 min every night. Without the timer, God knows what other excuses I would make for myself 😛

Maybe I should talk to strangers more often. I love surprises :]


Joshua Black | The Underdog Millionaire June 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

This is a great writing tool. I make sure that I focus on what I am doing for exactly 33 minutes, then take a 5 minute break, then 33 minutes, 5 min etc, until I have a solid 4 hours of writing in. You will be amazed at how much more you will get done trying to race a timer than you would when you click on your email every 5 seconds.

During those 33 minutes, you can only work on the task at hand, nothing else. No phone, no conversation, no nothing.

-Joshua Black
The Underdog Millionaire


Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot Spot May 25, 2010 at 10:56 pm

An invaluable tool for writers. I use it to time paid jobs and write blog posts faster because I know the clock it ticking.


Victor Augusteo May 25, 2010 at 12:04 pm

I’m using the 3T for exercising. its been my goal to exercise for 30 minutes a day continuously. without this tool, i’ve been slacking off 😛

thanks TTT


jennifer May 19, 2010 at 3:29 pm

I used this timer to make sure I only read my RSS feeds and social media sites for 30 minutes. Then I used it again to make sure I wrote for an hour.

PS. You should make this into an app for Blackberry. I could really use a mobile version of it!


technokid88 April 22, 2010 at 8:03 am

The other day, I had left my cell phone in my friends car, I always use my cell phone to wake me up in the mornings. But this time I couldn’t and by the time i realized my phone was in my friends ride, it was like 4 am, so I couldn’t just go and get it. So I need to wake up, and I remember your timer site, I went to the site set the clock for about 5 hrs, the loud repeating gong woke me up with no problems. Thanks for such a great timer.


Rebecca Leaman April 20, 2010 at 12:52 pm

Using it right now, in fact, to make sure I don’t get so absobed in this morning’s writing that I forget to take a batch of muffins out of the oven… not that such a thing has ever happened before (much)!

I’ve tried lots of other alarms and timers, but keep coming back to Tick Tock Timer for its efficient simplicity. Thanks for making it.


Maurice April 19, 2010 at 2:03 pm

I’ve prepared Yerba Mate with perfect timing!


Jen April 12, 2010 at 10:16 pm

I’ve moved and been struggling with adjusting to my new location. Staying productive with so many distractions is hard, especially since I’ve learned to tune out my cell phone timer! This is a nice tool to try and get myself back on track.

Used it to finish up two articles for a client I’d been sitting on all day, and now going to tick-tock out a section of a newsletter for a client!


Blue April 7, 2010 at 11:33 pm

After a long day, I just don’t feel like working. Without this timer, I wouldn’t get anything done, and I’d just keep falling behind.
How does it work? I need to look that up.


Ulla Hennig March 31, 2010 at 10:38 am

I’ve just used for 10 minutes putting files and papers away. I came over from Writer Dad and I am glad to be here – thanks for the timer!


Lees Shizzle March 31, 2010 at 4:18 am

Just used it to put up a post sharing this tick tock timer with all my readers. Thanks Bamboo Forest. I love your blog too by the way so I linked back to both sites. I appreciate the timer. Great idea, now my tea won’t burn anymore…I hope like hell anyway!


Tess March 29, 2010 at 3:06 pm

I´m getting all my coursework done, 90 minutes, at a time.


awl March 25, 2010 at 1:19 am

I wrote. I have wanted to write for a while and write for a living but this was something personal and creative that I never had time for before. As a “friend” of mine once said, “busy people make time; lazy people make excuses.” I’m lazy, but this helped.


Bamboo Forest March 2, 2010 at 5:48 am

I just read ‘Awaken The Giant Within’ by Tony Robbins for 30 minutes! I have a regiment of reading 30 minutes every day, and the triple T helped me stay honest and focused.



Jeb March 1, 2010 at 7:58 pm

I’d been toiling over a post for a couple days. Today I came to the triple T and put in 30 mins. The gong went off, and the post is done.

I totally tick-tocked that…


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